It was “lights, camera, action” in Room K416 for IGS Year 4 students, who discussed the joys of writing and story telling with multimedia personality and author Andrew Daddo.
A number of IGS students were interviewed by Prime7 News reporter Sarah Navin, sharing what they love about being in a city school, and their positive messages for children in the bush.
Students will write, illustrate and print their very own picture book before sending them to schools hundreds of kilometers away.
Children’s author Andrew Daddo said he hopes the initiative would revive old fashioned storytelling.
My Life Story connects and enables country and city students to write, illustrate and publish their very own book, giving them a powerful voice to share and learn from their own life experiences. The vision for 2020 is for 10,000 students from all schools, public and private to join in and share with Australia the grit, humour and wisdom of their stories. It is an opportunity for our students to be heard.
At the heart of the program school communities affected by the drought and recent fires and facing hardship will be gifted the program. City schools and organisations are chipping in by gifting the program to country students.
Author Andrew Daddo has jumped on board. He says “we know these kids have a lot to share and teach us about grit, humour and pride. It is a chance to show they are supported and to unlock and share their original story.”
Each student will also become a co-author with Andrew as part of the program.
The program is deeply embedded in the school curriculum. Pride and purpose are driving literacy progress as each child turns the pages of their own 12-page published book, and every student will be reaching a real audience as they share their unheard stories.
Royal Far West, with 95 years of connecting Australia’s country children to the developmental care they need, has partnered with educational writing platform Littlescribe to bring the My Life Story program to NSW city and country schools.
The project supports children to write and illustrate their own book, promotes a positive self-image for all children, gives them a voice, and cultivates understanding between primary school students living in NSW regional and remote areas with those living in Sydney.
Teachers are supported throughout the program in Terms 1 and 2, 2020 with webinars, tip and tricks to seamlessly integrate the fun program into their curriculum. The webinars include Q & A sessions with children’s author Andrew Daddo and children’s book illustrator and writer James Foley, who will be supporting the kids on their journey.
When complete, the books will be printed and distributed. The city school students will have the opportunity to read the stories written by the country students, and vice versa, giving all students the chance to read about kids their own age with often very different lifestyles and experiences to their own.